ERIC Number: ED450384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The National Language Policy.
Conference on Coll. Composition and Communication, Urbana, IL.
The National Language Policy is a response to efforts to make English the "official" language of the United States. In 1981, Senator S.I. Hayakawa sponsored a constitutional amendment to make English the official language of the United States, and ever since then, variations on his proposal have been before Congress. This position paper of the members of the Conference on College Composition and Communication contends that "English Only" is unnecessary, unrealistic, educationally unsound, unfair and dangerous, invasive, counterproductive, and unconstitutional. The paper outlines a language policy with three inseparable parts: (1) to provide resources to enable native and nonnative speakers to achieve oral and literate competence in English, the language of wider communication; (2) to support programs that assert the legitimacy of native languages and dialects and ensure that proficiency in an individual's mother tongue will not be lost; and (3) to foster the teaching of languages other than English so that native speakers of English can rediscover the language of their heritage or learn a second language. The paper notes that many professional organizations oppose "English Only." Contains 8 references. (NKA)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Educational Policy, English Only Movement, Language Role, Official Languages, Position Papers
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. Tel: 800-369-6283. Full text at http://www.ncte.org/positions/national.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Conference on Coll. Composition and Communication, Urbana, IL.